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Should have started with hint #10.
Authored by: Georgest on May 14, '10 09:32:59AM

After 3 years of nearly flawless performance, my MacPro on OS 10.5.8 started freezing (usually associated with the dock) and only continued to get worse with lazy pixels, dock freezes, and ultimately grey, zigzaggy screens. I reinstalled OS 10.5.8 several times and tried every trick on the net (reset PRAM, disconnect power, Safe Boot, Disk Utility, memory checks, rebuilds, new user account, etc) for over two weeks!

The computer would operate normally under a safe boot however, so I figured it must be a corrupt system file. Yet I could not isolate it successfully.

Today I rebooted (regular boot) with ONLY the mouse connected and discovered my OEM keyboard is faulty. I am now using an old keyboard from my G3 and my MacPro is operating perfectly.

But I don't understand why --under a safe boot-- the old keyboard seemed to operate OK. Any suggestions?

So happy to have my Mac back!

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